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Soldier may have killed comrade in prank

The Local · 20 Jan 2011, 10:32

Published: 20 Jan 2011 10:32 GMT+01:00

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Parliamentary liaison to the Bundeswehr, Hellmut Königshaus, reported to the armed services committee that up to 10 soldiers were involved in an apparent game at an outpost near the German base of Kunduz late last year, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

A 21-year-old soldier from the Bischofswiesen district of Bavaria was shot in the head and killed. Previously, the Bundeswehr had announced that the young soldier was discovered with the gunshot wound and subsequently died during an emergency operation – the implication being that he had committed suicide or accidentally shot himself while cleaning his weapon.

The young soldier was a corporal with the second company of mountain infantry battalion 232.

Public broadcaster ARD reported that as many as 10 soldiers were involved in a “weapons games” in a tent at an outpost near Puli Khumri, south of the Bundeswehr military camp at Kunduz.

The fatal shooting happened shortly before Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan. Merkel at the time described the incident as a tragic accident.

ARD reported that there had been grave consternation in the Defence Ministry over the incident. Military police had investigated and reported to military commanders, but their report was not passed on to the ministry.

Der Spiegel reported that state prosecutors were investigating the incident as a possible case of negligent death.

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The revelations are a blow to Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who has strived to change the traditional mentality of keeping secret bad news and has urged officials to keep him personally informed by mobile phone of events happening in the field.

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12:01 January 20, 2011 by tallady
This is a very sad tragedy ,,one young man dead and another who will have to deal with this the remainder of his life..

I wish we could take all the solider's home now ,, and leave that ugly hopeless place to it's inhabitants
12:43 January 20, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
"I wish we could take all the solider's home now ,, and leave that ugly hopeless place to it's inhabitants"

Me too. My cousin is in Afghanistan and every time I get to talk to him, he seems more and more different... bitter, angry... That region is a waste of our time and money. Perhaps we should just pull out, let them fight amongst themselves, and eventually they'll all be dead after trying to spread the word of their peaceful god...
13:21 January 20, 2011 by Landmine
Perhaps they will come here and do their Jihad like they did before we all went over there to their back yard....

Everyone wants a pull out but nobody wants the war in their home do they???

Sadly, this is one of the things that happen in wars when you give kids guns and not train them properly...
14:25 January 20, 2011 by storymann
They already are here. and other places,being their is a waste of Human life and recourses.

- May 11, 2003: A bomb explodes at a crowded market in a southern Philippine city, killing at least nine people and wounding 41. The military blames the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

-- Dec. 30, 2002: A gunman kills three American missionaries at a Southern Baptist hospital in Yemen. Yemeni officials say the gunman, sentenced to death in May, belonged to an Al Qaeda cell.

-- Nov. 28, 2002: Homicide bombers kill 12 people at an Israeli-owned beach hotel in Kenya and two missiles narrowly miss an airliner carrying Israelis.

-- Oct. 12, 2002: Nearly 200 people, including seven Americans, are killed in bombings in a nightclub district of the Indonesian island of Bali. Authorities blame Jemaah Islamiyah.

-- Oct. 6, 2002: A small boat crashes into a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen and explodes, killing one crewman.
14:35 January 20, 2011 by hanskarl
Based on your information and with the most recent event you listed being nearly 8 years ago one need not wonder if this interdiction is working.
16:40 January 20, 2011 by storymann
@ hanskart...Is this recent enough for ya..

may 1 2110 United States New York City, New York, United States New York's Times Square was evacuated after the discovery of a car bomb.[50] US government believes radical Islamists in the Pakistani Taliban directed the plot, and may have financed it
01:45 January 21, 2011 by fryintl
OK, let me weigh in:

Landmine: when you give kids guns? They are old enough to drink, they train hard and I have been with many Bundeswehr members. They are a cadre of professionals like anyone. I remember sitting in a war zone, and having a 9 MM on my side and fantasizing about quick drawing. You have a gun and you want to touch it, and use it. Once you have used it and often to take lives, it then isn't so fascinating anymore, or maybe it is. You can't lump all of the German Army in one sentence. They are well trained, immature people do things at any age. So really, it is a stupid mistake that will not just cause problems for the family of the dead soldier, but for everyone that covered it up. It isn't just two people. It is many and this is going to hure one of the best Politicians in Germany to boot. This is tragic, and if they lose the minister to pressure for a head to take responsibility, then all of the Defense department will lose one of their best promoters in years.

All others: Bring them home, and let them kill themselves? They do that in droves whether we are there or not. How about going into Afghanistan and Pakistan and hurting the people so much they give up the support of these crazies. Theya re trying to bomb places, and planes, and everything else and will not stop until we are converted, OH AND BY THE WAY, once we convert, they will kills us. We are not born islamists, and as converts, we will be let into heaven but they must send us there anyways. Makes no sense to remove soldiers so they can come here better suited to hurt us.

Also, take the darn handcuffs off of the Bundeswehr and let them fight, and do what they are trained to do so they are focusing their energy on teh enemies and not be bored enough to hurt each other through "PRANKS".

As for headlines to prove they are dangerous: Many things don't ocme out that would scare anyone into being a believer. Trust me when I say you don't know the half of it, or most of you don't.
12:15 January 21, 2011 by William Thirteen
actually, for those interested in facts rather than propaganda: Terrorist plots against Europe are on the decline, statistics show, and the majority are not coming from Muslims, check out the E.U.¦#39;s annual Terrorism Situation and Trend Report here

09:07 January 22, 2011 by Landmine

Drinking doesn't make you a man, they are still kids. I spent 3 years around kids with guns, and even for a few months, with German kids with guns. I don't think I was generalizing, otherwise this article would never had been written about a dead German soldier...
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